Time for Saints to worry? Spurs raiding Soton tends to come in twos

Southampton Football Club

There's history regarding the transfer intentions of managers that make the switch from Southampton to Tottenham.

This week Mauricio Pochettino was finally announced as Tottenham Hotspur manager.

It had been a long drawn out switch for the Argentine and two football clubs, and now there is a little clarity for all parties regarding the former Espanyol defender as we head into the World Cup.

But if the Argentinian's future is finally clearer, the effect his switch to Spurs has on the Southampton players is more uncertain.

Because Tottenham have a little history when it comes to raiding the South Coast club for managers as well as players.

In 2001, former Spurs icon Glenn Hoddle had managed to rebuild his career at the Saints following his England dismissal. He had taken over at Southampton and turned the club into a solid outfit, playing good football and with aspirations of pushing ahead and challenging for Europe. But just like Pochettino, he stayed less than a year and a half before jumping ship for North London.

Hoddle was castigated by Saints fans at the time but few could begrudge him the chance to return to his boyhood team, despite the fact Spurs were below them in the league at the time.

The real thing that riled Southampton supporters though was the fact their former boss came back to The Dell to sign star defender Dean Richards for £8.2 million. At the time, Richards was thought of as one of the best English defenders in the league and was on the cusp of the England squad.

That fear is about to return to all those attached to the Saints, who have already been subjected to transfer rumours regarding their best players moving to Manchester United and Liverpool. With those deals not yet done, there is a possibility Pochettino could go back to St Mary's for any number of players, with Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, and Jay Rodriguez all seeing their chances of a switch to Spurs cut at the bookmakers since their former boss made the move. 

Things didn't quite work out for Hoddle after he retuned to White Hart Lane. He failed to really get Spurs going again, being sacked after a poor start to the 2003-04 season. Tottenham will be hoping things go a little better this time round.

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